By Afina Ismail
GOMBAK, 16 February 2017: An exhibition of the “Wonders of Carving in Jogjakarta” by third year students of the Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED) was successfully held in IIUM campus here from 13 to 15 February, attended by visitors from inside and outside the university.
The exhibition this time was quite different from before because it is associated more with entrepreneurship by making products like paintings, handicrafts, including copper tooling of Jogjakarta, for sales. The products were mainly carvings on five materials which are wood, silver, pottery, stone and leather.
“Preparations for the exhibition was made in our class of Heritage and Contemporary studies last semester. But most of the displayed products were originally brought from Jogjakarta,” said the exhibition’s programme manager, Muhammad Syarafuddin Ahmad.
Some of the products were also made by the students and the most attractive one was copper tooling made by Nurul Aqila that costs RM7000. Besides that, other products include sketches, paintings and embroideries which basically showed features of Jogjakarta itself.
“So far our President Tan Sri Rais has already bought six canvases, one mural and one sketch,” Syarafuddin added.
This event managed to attract a number of visitors, both outsiders and insiders, as it displayed many carving designs that were very unique. Even though their features were quite similar with the Malaysian type of carvings, they were more complex in terms of its usage.
“It’s amazing and I’m proud to be a Javanese,” said Kartika Purwandani, one of the visitors from the Kulliyyah of Education.
Syarafuddin shared his hope on the event saying, “This exhibition is to continue for our junior batch so that they can learn how to organise an exhibition and document the research. Besides, all people can learn about the culture and arts of Jogjakarta.” ***